Ridgeway High School offers the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme to students in Years 10 and 11.
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Mr Barney, our Network Coordinator and a former student of the school, helps to run our Duke of Edinburgh’s Award programme. He is passionate about what the Award offers.
“Two things really stand out for me—opportunity and responsibility. ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ gives you fantastic opportunities to do things you would never normally dream of doing. But the flip side of that is that you have to learn responsibility and grasp those opportunities for yourself. Nothing is handed out to you on a plate, as it were. Sure, there are adults around who will guide you and advise you. But they are not going to cook the meals over the camp fire for you; if you are not prepared to learn how to do it yourself, you go hungry. Similarly, you’ll learn how to put up a tent. But—out there in the field—if your tent blows down, then you have to be ready to put it back up again or you are going to get cold and wet. Basically, ‘Duke of Edinburgh’ is all about building character.”